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Would you ride a 343hp 2.0L V8 motorcycle?

The PGM 2.0L V8 comes from the land down under, and it’s the most powerful production motorcycle money can buy.

Made in Australia by a former Moto GP mechanic Paul G. Maloney, the PGMV8 is like no other V8 motorcycle the world has ever seen. Its curb mass of just 242kg and power output of 343hp puts this naked 2.0L V8 monster into a category all of its own. The PGM is almost 50kg lighter than the 2458cc Rocket 3 without any fluids added (dry), and according to reports rides like any other conventional (non-V8) motorcycle. Maloney, you are a magician!

Most V8 motorcycles look about as ridable as Batman's motorcycle or are heavy straight lines muscle cruisers. But not the PGMV8, it can be used in real life.

Engine

The engine is actually two 2006 Yamaha R1 engines bolted together at a 90°, forming a 1996cc V8 motor with 334HP @ 12,800rpm and 214Nm of torque @ 9,500rpm. After doing a few quick calculations, that’s enough torque to fold the universe and time travel through a black hole. Honest...

The engine note is played through a custom-built pair of titanium Akrapovic 4-into-2-into-1 exhausts which helps to save weight. 

Chassis and suspension

The frame is comprised of a custom made chromoly alloy trellis, with a machined aluminum subframe, and completed with carbon fiber paneling. 

With a premium price tag, comes premium components, as such PGMV8 is kitted out with Ohlins FGRT301 front forks, and an Ohlins TTX Mk2 rear monoshock. Top of the range shiny springy bits.

Brakes 

The brakes used to slow down the forged aluminium Marchesini wheels are second to none, with two nickel-plated Brembo GP4 calipers upfront and Brembo P4 at the rear. 

Price 

Although there’s no exact figure, there have been suggestions from numerous sources that the PGMV8 retails for around $120,000 US… so unless you get crowdfunding or you’re Jay Leno it might be a little out of your budget.

Verdict

Reserved for oligarchs and very rich daredevils, the PGM8 might not be everyone's kind of ride, but my goodness is it something special. 

So, say the stars aligned and you could ride this beast. Would you? 

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Full specs



ENGINE

Configuration:

90 degree V8

Capacity:

1996cc

Bore/stroke:

77 x 54mm

Compression ratio:

13:1

Cylinder Head:

DOHC, five valves per cylinder

Cooling:

Liquid

Fuelling:

8 x 45mm Mikuni Drive-By-Wire throttle bodies

Engine Management:

Motec M130 ECU and software

Power:

334HP @ 12,800rpm (At the countershaft sprocket)

Torque:

214Nm @ 9,500rpm (At the countershaft sprocket)

Exhaust:

2 x 4-2-1 titanium

TRANSMISSION

Type:

Six speed sequential gearbox

Clutch:

Wet, multi plate

Final drive:

Chain (17/45)

CHASSIS

Rake:

25.5 degrees

Trail:

107mm

Material:

Front – Chrome-moly tube trellis

Rear – CNC machined Aluminium

SUSPENSION

Front:

Ohlins FGRT301 48mm USD forks… fully adjustable

Rear:

Ohlins TTX Mk2 shock, with custom link

WHEELS/TYRES

Front:

17.0 x 3.50 Marchesini 10 spoke, forged aluminium

120/70ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Power 3

Rear:

17.0 x 6.00 Marchesini 10 spoke, forged aluminium

190/50ZR-17 Michelin Pilot Power 3

BRAKES

Front:

Brembo GP4 Nickel plated calipers on 320mm discs

Rear:

Brembo P4-34 Nickel plated caliper on 220mm disc

DIMENSIONS

Weight:

242kgs wet with fuel, water and lubricants

Weight bias:

51/49 front to rear static

Seat height:

840mm

Wheelbase:

1540mm

Fuel capacity:

16.5 litres

PERFORMANCE

Top speed:

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